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Scaramuccia was founded in February 2013 on the initiative of violinist Javier Lupiáñez who aims to recover rarely played baroque repertoire.
1717. Memories of a Journey to Italy. Program overview
Imagine that you have the opportunity to fill your suitcase with the best music of your time. What would you take and what would you leave? Remember you do not have room for everything and you have to choose! This is more or less what happened to Pisendel (the concertmaster of the Dresden orchestra and one of the greatest virtuosos of his era) during his trip to Italy in 1717. For almost a year the young Pisendel toured Italy and met the greatest masters of his time, and throughout his sojourn, he collected the best compositions he could find and filled his suitcase with them. Incidentally, he was forced to use a smaller type of paper, taking up less space in his suitcase and allowing him to transport more musical treasures to Dresden.
But there is more than just music behind these pieces: they tell of of a personal and intimate journey. In the Suonata à Solo fatto per Maestro Pisendel Del Vivaldi, Vivaldi left empty space for Pisendel to complete the sonata with a movement of his own. In a mysterious sonata by Valentini, an autograph dedicated not to Pisendel but to Montanari (who was Pisendel’s teacher). How this valuable and personal score ended up in Pisendel’s hands is a mystery.
In addition, we have the exciting presentation of two world premiere recordings: a sonata by Pisendel that contains modifications by Montanari, and a sonata by Giuseppe Maria Fanfani that has not been performed since the eighteenth century.
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Suonata à Solo fatto per Maestro Pisendel Del Vivaldi (Sonata in G Major, RV 25)
Sonata del Sig.r Ant. Montanari (Sonata in E Minor)
Johann Georg Pisendel/Antonio Montanari [world premiere]
Solo Violino e Basso (Sonata in E Major)
Suonata a Violino Solo (Sonata in G minor)
Solo a Violino e Basso (Sonata in C Major)
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Violin Sonata in D Major RV 816